Do you need help understanding and applying for VA benefits? That includes monthly financial support, education, vocational
rehabilitation and employment, home loans, life insurance, pension, health care
and burial benefits.
Start by getting a booklet of Federal Benefits for Veterans
from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It provides a comprehensive
listing of federal programs and benefits available to U.S. military veterans and
their families. You can download a copy here or visit your nearest DVA office to pick up a copy.
For personal assistance about your benefits, you can call the National Veterans Foundation at 1.888.777.4443. The NVF is a not-for-profit organization staffed by veterans from Vietnam to Iraq who are trained in assisting with veterans’ benefits and other issues including crisis management for PTSD and suicide prevention.
You can also get assistance from Veterans and Military
Service Organizations such as the VFW, American Legion and American Red Cross.
Here is the most recent online directory of these organizations. It includes congressionally chartered Veterans Service Organizations recognized by the VA to
help with preparing, presenting and prosecuting VA benefit claims. The directory
also provides a listing of state and county Veteran Services Officers who can
Generally, representatives working for nonprofit veterans
service organizations advocate on behalf of veteran service members, their
dependents and survivors free of charge. However, some VA-accredited claims
agents and attorneys that have passed an exam and background check may charge
for their services. Ask at the start about fees and reimbursement for unusual